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04/20/2012 - 6:41am
Mashup: Magic's Howard done for season

Dwight Howard will have back surgery and miss the remainder of the Magic's season as well as this summer's Olympics. Howard, who has missed his team's last six games, is scheduled to have the procedure to repair a herniated disk Friday in Los Angeles.

"It hurts [emotionally]," Howard told ESPN. "That's the first thing -- it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I'm quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse."

Meanwhile, the Howard-Stan Van Gundy feud apparently is back in gear, as an Orlando television station reported that Howard called team owner Rich DeVos and said he refuses to play for the coach next season.

Earlier this month, Van Gundy accused Howard of trying to get him fired. Howard denied that accusation and the two met with general manager Otis Smith and declared a truce.

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04/19/2012 - 9:13pm
Disadvantaged: Holtby stops B's, series 2-2

Alexander Semin rifled a wrist shot past Tim Thomas with just over a minute left in the second period for a power-play goal to lift the Capitals over the Bruins, 2-1, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series is tied, 2-2, with Game 5 set for Boston Saturday afternoon. Rookie goalie Braden Holtby stopped 44 of 45 shots, including a flurry in the final seconds, for his second win of the series.

Despite dominating the Capitals, 14-3 in shots, the Bruins could only manage a 1-1 tie after one period. The Captials took the lead just 1:22 into the game when Marcus Johansson broke in with Brooks Laich on a 2-on-1 rush. Johansson beat Thomas for his first of the playoffs. The Bruins responded when Rich Peverley took a pass from Gregory Campbell and beat Holtby for his second of the playoffs at 13:12 of the opening period. 

The Bruins again dominated shots in the first five minutes of the second period, outshooting the Caps...

04/19/2012 - 8:52pm
Source: C's set to acquire Sean Williams

The Celtics will acquire free agent center Sean Williams on Friday, according to a league source Thursday night. The 25-year-old Williams, who was waived by Dallas last month, would replace the injured Jermaine O'Neal, who would be waived.

Williams, a Boston College product, would join the Celtics this week, and would be eligible for postseason play. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Williams averaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 8.1 minutes in eight games this season with the Mavericks.

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04/19/2012 - 4:50pm
Ainge: Allen never told he was traded

Celtics team president Danny Ainge, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, addressed the Yahoo! Sports report that a deal was in place sending Ray Allen to the Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, saying while discussions occurred, Allen was never told he had been traded as the report suggests.

"Lets put it this way," Ainge said, "the one thing I will say is Ray knew he might be traded, but never did I confirm that he had been traded."

The report also stated Doc Rivers had a conversation informing Allen that he was dealt to Memphis, and then 20 minutes later told the deal had fallen apart. However, just as Rivers said on Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning, Ainge denied any conversation telling Allen he was traded happening.

"I don't think it ever got to a point...

04/19/2012 - 2:25pm
Red Sox invite Theo to game, not ceremony

According to a team source, former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has been invited to attend Friday's game, in which the Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Epstein was not, however, extended an invitation to participate in the pre-game ceremony, which was designated for uniformed personnel only. It is believed the invitation to attend the game was delivered via phone call.

According to another source, the invitation for Epstein to attend the game wasn't extended until Thursday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday, CSNNE.com reported that Epstein was not invited to Fenway Park for the celebration of the ballpark's centennial, with Red Sox principal owner John Henry expressing surprise that Epstein was not being invited back, something of which he was not aware until contacted by the website.

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